Grassphere Kampo Tea

There are a few things I consider essential to get my day to day life going. Books, my planner, sunscreen, lip balm, and of course, my daily dose of tea. I use to drink chamomile tea religiously, then there was a moment I was obsessed with earl grey, and now I’ve moved on to something more oriental. Being a long-term fan of Grassphere Tea Shop, I was so excited to have been given the chance to try their latest Kampo Tea pack. And now, I’ve finally got to sit down a give u guys a full review.

相信每個人都有日常的生活必需品,讓我們在工作或是私下都有著極度喜愛或是需要的愛用清單。我的清單共有五樣:書、行事曆、護唇膏、防曬乳(欸是的,澳洲的太陽很可怕),在來就是陪我度過辦公桌時光的愛茶。大學的時候很愛伯爵茶,然後工作慢慢把目標轉移有助眠作用的洋甘菊,而這半年來的愛將,是來自小草作的漢方茶。幾年前在民生社區發現了小草作,以前還借過他們的場地拍攝(笑),他們的產品一直以來在我心中都是品質保證,這次當然也不例外。最近終於有時間好好坐下來打心得給大家,快來看看吧。

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Brown Sugar, Chrysanthemum & Red Jujube

I tend to avoid any sorts of refined sugar in my drink (for the sake of a clear skin), but when it comes to brown sugar….sorry I’m all in. Perhaps my favourite from the entire pack, I literally cannot sipping my cup, even though elegantly drinking your tea is kind of a thing. All that said, this particular blend is good for your eyes, especially beneficial for this who spends a lot of time staring at their screen everyday (don’t we all??). I personally love drinking this in the evening, sinking in my couch, enjoying the beautiful smell of brown sugar (I’m bias here, but everything else smells amazing too!), listening to my favourite podcast and just letting my eyes rest a while.

黑糖紅棗杭菊茶

整個綜合組裡,第一個試喝也是最喜歡的味道。這幾年,除了偶爾的熱可可,已經戒掉了含糖飲料,不過「黑糖」是我偶爾會給自己的小小放縱(笑)畢竟,比起一般的白糖,他對身體是真正有好處的。我們知道紅棗對健康有益,但其實好的紅棗並不是那麼好找,質量好的呈偏暗的紅酒色,有著淺淺的皺紋但不會太明顯,最重要的是它自帶香甜。小草作選擇的苗栗的有機紅棗,就是這樣的。溫炒過的台南黑糖、質感好的紅棗以及有助於清熱的杭菊,絕對是富含營養的女孩聖品。值得一提的是,這款茶還有替雙眼補元氣的作用;我自己喜歡晚上下班後,聽著 podcast,一邊品茶一邊讓眼睛好好休息。

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BROWN SUGAR, JUJUBE BLACK TEA

A similar version from the previous one, the Brown Sugar Jujube Black Tea is a simpler taste, but equally delicious & beneficial. Self care can mean different things for different people. For me, pour little cup of this before my crazy day start does the quite the magic. p.s - its good for your skin too!.

黑糖紅棗紅玉紅茶

原料比上一款少些,但依舊富含滋味與養分。隨著「寵愛自己」的觀念盛行,每個人都有在忙碌的生活中偷點閒的小方法。我呢?就是在早給自己泡上一杯黑糖紅棗紅玉暖暖身。我天生四肢冰冷,加上墨爾本一天有四季,即便是夏天早上還是帶著涼意,而除了享受我最愛的茶味外,還能替自己儲備能量,面對接下來的行程。

 
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Lime, Kumquate & Ginger

Something slightly more refreshing from the previous one. I’d like to consider this my day-time tea choice. Due to the ingredients, this particular tea blend is filled with vitamin C, giving us a quick health boost. It is also great when you’re filling a little off (you know that annoying low energy filling when you are about to catch a flu? we’ve all been there!). To me, lime is something that grows on you with age, I remember being a kid/teenager when I avoid all things in the lime/lemon family. And now, as I’m older, I’m starting really appreciate it. The tingly sourness along with a kick from ginger, such a great way to bring your energy back!

金桔檸檬薑片茶

檸檬與金桔這種東西,是我隨著年齡才慢慢懂得享受與喜愛的食材。過去,任何帶有一點酸的東西,我一點都不能接受,一直到這一兩年。金桔檸檬薑片茶,光是聽名字就知道是款富含維他命C的好茶,快感冒可以拿出來補補元氣,但不只如此,他的口味非常清新,作為一款純享用的熱飲也合理(畢竟,不是所以對身體有益的東西都味道都是好的,但它卻兩著兼具)。來自南投的檸檬、屏東的金桔因為有著充足的陽光普照著,酸味更有層次,讓我這個「怕酸人」也能開心的喝著,而不太過嗆辣的台南薑片似乎也替我們提了神,做為結尾的微後勁,很剛好。

 
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Ginger Black Tea

Though I personally don’t like any dish that contains ginger, I don’t mind them in my drink. I’m a huge fan of ginger tea, they make me feel calmer & warmer, especially during colder days. With the mellow taste from carefully handpicked Taiwanese black tea, the spicy taste of ginger taste just about right. Like all the other blends it doesn’t just taste nice, this specific Ginger Black Tea, is great for your circulation and enhancing blood flow. I love drinking them the next morning from a huge & tasty dinner with friends, makes me feel less bloated from all the rich dishes the night before.

薑片紅茶

我不吃薑、任何跟薑母鴨呀、生薑炒肉,蛤蠣薑片湯之類的都不會出現在我的餐桌上。但奇怪的是,我非常喜歡喝有薑的飲品或甜點,像是蜂蜜薑茶,聖誕節會吃的薑餅人餅乾等等,都是我非常喜愛的。所以當我發現漢方茶系列中有薑片紅茶,那興奮之情可想而知(欸,又是薑又是黑糖,小草作真是了解我)。這款茶能加強循環代謝以及減輕身體負擔,我自己如果晚上和朋友聚餐吃得比較油膩,就會在隔天早上泡一杯來喝。

 

Brown Sugar ginger Tea

Something similar from the previous one, but more in favour to my taste buds, and perhaps my best friend during the time of the month. I get a lot of period bloat for those day, but a large mug of Brown Sugar Ginger Tea literally makes feel better in a few mintues. What can I say? Happy gut, happy period life!

黑糖薑片茶

女孩日的好夥伴。除了我本身就是黑糖與薑的狂熱粉絲外,他們對於生理期的好處相信大家都知道。我個人幸運點,不像部分女孩會肚子痛到無法工作、出門,但些許的不適與脹氣還是會有的。而這時候來一杯黑糖薑片紅茶就是最佳的良藥。薑可以暖身、黑糖暖胃,讓我們用好心情面對生理期。

 

Roselle, Rose & brown sugar

If I’m honest, I’ve never tried Roselle Tea (also known as Hibiscus) until this days. I know about the health benefits, such as blood health, lesser chance for skin irritations and cancer etc. But the smell was too sour for me, so I never thought of trying it. But thank god I did this time, perhaps its the brown sugar and the rose, it wasn’t as sour as I thought it would be, in fact it was quite refreshing and thirst relieving. I dig.

黑糖洛神玫瑰茶

一直到這次以前,我從來沒喝過洛神茶。就如先前所說的,我是怕酸之人,所以即便知道洛神有降血脂、抗癌與發炎等作用,我基本上還是敬而遠之。所以不滿大家說,在這次的漢方茶系列,黑糖洛神玫瑰茶,是我最後一個嘗試的。幸好,我還是試了。或許是黑糖,或許是玫瑰,小草作的洛神茶,把酸味中和的剛剛好。一切都很順口、很清新,這杯做為我的洛神初體驗,真好。

 
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SOURCED, BREWED, BLENDED
⏤ ALL IN TAIWAN

What I love most about the Kampo Tea Pack, is not just simply the flavours, but the fact that everything is sourced and made in Taiwan. For instance, the brown sugar is from Tainan, the ginger found in Taitung, the red jujubes planted in Maioli, and the tea shop itself is based in Taipei.

I love supporting brands from home, despite spending almost 10 years abroad, I’m still the Taiwanese kid at heart. And Grassphere Tea Shop is one of the many brands I keep close in my heart, because they remind me how amazing home is.

從種植、採收到製造,
一切都來自台灣

喜愛這次漢方茶系列的原因有很多。除了好味道,最讓我傾心的就是每款茶的每個原料都是來自台灣。在為文章找資料的時候,網路上的字字句句都讓我驕傲。好比,台南關山的黑糖、苗栗有機紅棗,以及無金屬的台東安心薑片,然後,當然不能不提的就是小草作在台北的美麗茶舖。

長時間離家在外,習慣了澳洲的空氣,忘了台灣也很厲害、也很美。欸對,其實國外的月亮不是比較圓,只是我們在家的時候都沒有抬頭欣賞自家院子的夜景,我們,其實一點都不輸。

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There you have it, my thoughts on Grassphere Tea Shop’s latest Kampo Tea Pack. Do any of the flavours sound interesting to you? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to know!

好的,今天的分享就到此結束。漢方茶組合組,你們最感興趣的是哪一個呢?
歡迎留言分享出來唷。

 

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shot on Fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens
*the teas were gifted by Grassphere Tea Shop, however all opinions are 100% mine
find out more about Grassphere Tea Shop through their Instagram or Facebook

A Cozier Space with Neom

Each change of season is a chance for a fresh start. I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to transitioning into a different weather, I'd always find myself on the hunt to make my little flat a little more relatable for the time-being. It could be a couple of new cushions, art prints or like in today's case, a lovely scent diffuser. Now as anyone following me on social media would know, I'm huge fan of essential oils. And Neom Organics is one of those brands I've been mentioning a lot since discovering them in London. I received their new Wellbeing Pod Diffuser a few weeks back, and it's been part of my win-down routine since. All that said, I thought it would be nice to dedicate a post to my new love and show you how I use it & style it. Keep scrolling!

在天氣轉換之際,我總喜歡將生活環境重新打理一翻。把該替換的替換,該整理的整理;或是找些裝飾,把公寓佈置的更合時節一點。有時候是新的床組被單,觀望很久的海報或畫作,又或是像近期很著迷香氛產品。上個月,收到 10 10 Hope 的電郵,邀請我體驗的 NEOM Organics 的療癒香氛機的郵件。過去在英國讀書的時候認識了這個品牌,之前也跟大家聊過他們家的產品。NEOM 擅長用精緻的天然香氛讓身為顧客的我們生活過得更加順心。不管是精油、香氛或是蠟燭在我心裡都是品質保證。另外,我也十分欣賞創辦人 Nicola Elliott 與團隊對居家美學的堅持與心態,可想而知對這次的機會,自然是非常感興趣。這幾個星期將它融入自己的 routine 中,就讓我們一起來看看吧。


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THE DESIGN

What I love about this diffuser is that it's such a beautiful home decor piece itself. My bedroom has a pretty warm colour palette (being wood, dusty pink and  copper), and the white ceramic design fits in perfectly. If I'm honest, most diffuser I've come across does the work, yet doesn't look that good. And I tend to put them away using it. However, this is not the case here. The wellbeing pod has been a staple on my dressing table and bedside for a while now, and I intend to keep it that way.

隨著二十歲進入後半場,對於生活品質的要求也趨於不同。現在的我,比起入手衣服鞋子等等,更傾向於把自己的居家環境打造的舒適些。房子是租來的,生活可不是,一步步慢慢到處搜集,讓自己每天回家看見小公寓都是笑容滿面的。NEOM 的「療癒香氛機」打破了一般我們對於香氛機模樣的既定印象,白色陶瓷外身與金色點綴,很精緻,手感也扎實。沒在用的時候,我也就這麼放著,像個家飾,特別賞心悅目。

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THE ESSENTIAL OILS

Along with the Wellbeing Pod,  I also received the 'Wellbeing Essential Oil Blend collection'.
It comes with four different essential oils ⏤ sleep, make you happy, boost your energy & destress.

除了香氛機,這次也一併體驗了 NEOM 的療癒香氛組
組合裡共有四款精油:舒緩恬睡、幸福愉悅、皇家奢華以及清新甦活。現在就來跟大家逐一聊聊心得。

 

Sleep is my favourite scent from NEOM (I've shared my love about their face wash too). I love how calming it is, and for someone who has been struggling with sleeping problems for so long, there is really nothing more I can ask for. I still spend some time tossing and turning around before actually falling asleep, but I don't wake up in between anymore. It is made of 19 different essential oils, along with lavender, which is known for its soothing effect, literally the perfect 'sleep' scent.

舒緩恬睡」,是我最喜歡且熟悉的 NEOM 精油系列,不管是之前介紹過的精露或是卸粧霜,都是梳妝台上的愛牌。裡頭包含了19種精油成分,包含了能調整睡眠品質的薰衣草。做為一個凌晨一點上床,兩三點左右睡著,然後六七點自動醒來的人,對於睡覺這事早已經成半放棄狀態了。不過,這幾週搭配「舒緩恬睡」使用,雖然沒有到沾枕就昏倒那麼誇張,但助眠功力確實不錯。中間不再短短續續起來,然後睡前的醞釀時間也減半,是淺眠與失眠人的救星。  

SLEEP. 舒緩恬睡

 

MAKE YOU HAPPY. 幸福愉悅

I use 'Make you happy' as a morning get-ready scent. I normally put it in after waking up, and after I finished my morning shower, the room will smell just right. Its uplifting and yet subtle at the same time. Gives me the perfect mood lift while I put some makeup on.

平日早上整理儀容的時候最愛的香氛。睡醒後點上「幸福愉悅」精油,鋪好床,接著到洗手間梳洗後再回到房間化妝換衣服,這時候香氣的濃郁度正好。成份包含了橙花與含羞草,空氣中充滿了有朝氣的氛圍,有效驅逐負面情緒,替一天的好心情打底。

 

My 'writer's block' scent. To all you bloggers, writers, content creators or even students writing essays. We've all been there, when there's a deadline in a few days, and yet nothing is sparking up in your mind. Or is it just me? Anyways, whenever I'm in that situation, I bring out the 'De-Stress', it changes my mind set to something less anxious, and it slows my brain down so I have enough time to find the right idea rather than the worrying too much about missing the deadlines.

作為文字與影像工作者,總有那麼一時半刻甚至是幾天覺得所有好的靈感都離自己而去了。其實不一定是要寫文章,任何工作都會有頭腦打結的時候。這時候我回選擇放下手邊的事,把香氛機搬到工作室,然後點上「皇家奢華」精油。這款精油很舒壓,而茉莉花的暖調恰好能調整且安撫我的急性子。畢竟許多時候,遇到瓶頸並不是因為我們沒有靈感,反而是因為我們太急於向前走,而忽略了腦海裡的聲音,這時候正是提醒自己放慢腳步的好時機。

DE-STRESS. 皇家奢華

 

Last my not least, the 'Boost Your Energy' scent. Though I don't use this one as often as the other ones, it doesn't mean its any less than. It  is my go-to when I'm feeling a little grumpy or tired than my usual self. The relatively stronger lemon scent is the perfect natural mood booster. I aslo love using it during my photoshoots

相比之下,「清新甦活」是我四款裡面較少用到的,他對我來說算是「急救型」的香氛精油。假如有幾天心情煩躁疲憊,就會在香氛機裡倒入它,讓清新的檸檬與羅勒來幫助我提振精神,找回好心情。另外,假如狀況比較嚴重的時候,我也會把精油滴入浴缸,好好泡個澡,利用十到十五分讓自己快速恢復活力。

BOOST YOUR ENERGY. 清新甦活

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USEFUL TIPS

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Fill the water tank of the Wellbeing Pod with cold water Do not exceed the maximum water level line

香氛機要用冷水使用,然後不要超出內瓶標注的最高水位 加了水後再接著挑選自己喜愛的精油味道滴入

2

5-10 drop of essential oil is recommended but it still depends on your space

官網上與說明說上都建議滴入5-10滴精油 不過還是建議大家可以視自己的空間大小來調整唷

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It comes with a pack of multi-use adapters There's also a timer with settings for one, two and three hours

NEOM 這次也很貼心地附上了大多數國家的轉換插座,對於旅者來說是一大福音另外也包含了計時功能,分別為一小時、兩小時到最長的三小時

 
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Throughout the years moving from one country to another, this apartment to that, I'd like to think I'm quite the expert on creating a cozy space. Maybe that time when I was 15 after spending a week binge watching Sex & the City, I knew I'll be wanting to live by myself in my own apartment some day. Somewhere I can feel safe, relaxed and myself every night I get back. Somewhere I can read and enjoy my honey oatmeal each winter morning ⏤ my cozy little corner. All that said, even though I'm still far from getting my own place, I'm still pretty happy with the renting life. Noting feels like home, but this surely is close. And my NEOM diffuser played quite a role in this. x

從離開台灣開始,來到澳洲,接著到英國最後再度回到這裡落腳。一路上換了五間公寓,然後每間在我心裡上都頗具意義。早在學生時期我就知道我是個非常需要個人空間的人,這或許正是為什麼我對於居家環境很堅持。根據不同階段的預算,把當時的環境佈置到最舒適,哪怕得一個個小角落慢慢來,我都願意等。過去,認為「家」的感覺來自於最舒服的家具,而現在的我終於明白除了硬體設備,更重要的是氛圍,而 NEOM 香氛機就是扮演了維持我的墨爾本小公寓氛圍的重要角色。啊,真開心遇見了它。年底到了,拿來送給身邊人也挺合適,這 idea 挺好的,你們說是吧(笑)

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your cup of tea, your scene

 I was never the kid who carries her own little bottle to school. Well, let me rephrase, I was never the kid who enjoys bringing one. Somehow I always tend to leave them somewhere, it could be in the school, the zoo, just anywhere that a kid would bring a water bottle. They seem to have trouble coming home with (sorry, mum).

So when did I bought my very first one (remotely)? ⏤ 2018. aka, this year.

老實說,我小時候不是個習慣或是喜歡攜帶水壺的小孩。這對家裡的吳小姐來說,實在是非常頭痛。身為一個充滿少女心的媽媽,她常常用盡心思到處搜刮的可愛水壺啊、餐具等等,但每次都會被我遺忘在某處。在學校的話還找得回來,但如果是出去玩或動物園那種地方,就真的是一去不復返了。欸是的,所以小學還沒畢業,她就已經放棄幫我「治裝」,直接發點零花錢讓我在福利社買瓶水就好。

那麼我與攜帶水瓶的淵源是什麼時候開始的呢?⏤ 答案是今年。

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How it happened is that Australia is quite eco-friendly, and my workplace is no exception. I'm not just talking about recycling properly, I'm talking about ordering food and asking for dine-in plates cutlery, and we would wash and send it back afterwards. Also, whoever is taking coffee orders for the team, they have to collect everyone's thermos & water bottle before they go. Point is, when you work in an environment like this, it makes more sense to ditch your takeaway cup and get yourself a tumbler. A nice looking one.

時間倒轉到今年年初剛開始上班的我。澳洲是個環保意識頗強的國家,我的同事們與老闆也不例外。說的不單單只是回收,包括訂午餐會跟餐廳要求要跟內用的客人一樣的餐具、餐盤,吃完在工作室洗好後再請人送回去。身為菜鳥員工的我,到附近的咖啡廳幫大家外帶飲料也是常有的事,不過出發前,都要先把每個人的保溫瓶、水壺等等收集好帶去裝。耳濡目染之下,我決定把桌上的突兀的外帶紙杯更換掉。這次,換我開始物色心儀的水瓶。

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THE SCENE TEA BOTTLE 

About a month ago, I received these beautiful SCENE tea bottles from Toast Living. And after using it almost daily for a month, I'm so excited to introduce them to you. They come in two different sizes, the 500ml is for you to carry around, and the 1000ml is meant for the house. Even though it's named as a tea bottle, it comes with both a tea & coffee infusers (only for the larger size), and plus, the glass part has heat resistance, so it's tailored for any kind of beverage needs. For instance, in warmer days I would use the 1000ml one to make ice tea the night before and pour it into the smaller size for work in the morning.

一個多月前,收到 Toast Living 來信介紹他們新推出的「The SCENE 玻璃茶瓶」,看資料的時候心裏就醞釀了不少好感,畢竟比起整個遮蓋住的保溫瓶基本款,我更喜歡帶有點玻璃能透出裏頭飲品的,覺得這樣比較時髦些。收到後開始使用,更加確信這是我的命定款(笑)。The SCENE 分為家用隨行兩個尺寸,材質均為耐熱玻璃,所以冷熱皆宜;雖然名為茶瓶,但家用款附有咖啡與茶葉濾網,能完全依照個人喜好來使用。舉例來說,像我愛茶勝過咖啡,前陣子這兒依舊挺涼的,所以就直接帶著 500ml 的隨行款到工作室泡熱茶;這兩週墨爾本已正式邁入春夏,便改成前一晚用 1000ml 居家型沖泡茶葉放入冰箱製作冷翠茶,隔天一早倒入隨行款帶出門。然後,如果吳小姐來訪,就會拿來沖泡他愛的咖啡。

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My favourite part of their design is definitely the glass bottle. I love seeing my drink rather than having it all covered up, maybe its just me, but this somehow makes it a lot more stylish on the table. And for someone who doesn't just stick with one kind of tea, I'm happy to say it doesn't store any sorts of smell, even though it sounds like a simple essential but honestly, a lot of bottles do so, and it doesn't matter how many times or how hard I've washed them.

Colours are mainly in neutral, like grey and white, along with an elegant plum. Nothing too vibrant, perfect being a day-to-day essential. Now, this might not even come in anyone's mind when looking for a water bottle, but having one that goes with all your outfits is such a bonus, at least for me. I love the purple one for the home, it brings in just enough shade for my minimalist decors.

根據心情更換茶葉與咖啡口味的時候,並不需要擔心瓶身吸附味道。我自己愛喝的茶很多,從經典的紅茶、日式綠茶到玫瑰茶都愛,也裝水加入過藍莓、薄荷與檸檬等做加味水,正常清洗過後都沒問題。氣密式的瓶蓋設計,正好適合跟我一樣喜歡到處爬爬走的你,不用擔心會飲料或水流到包包裡(我常常回家後發現它居然在包包裡呈現平躺狀,但也都完全沒有滴漏的情況)。

顏色上共有象牙白、大象灰與藕紫三種選擇。隨行款我挑了大象灰,簡單俐落,出門比較好搭配。低彩度的藕紫,作為居家款特別合適,不管在任何空間都能巧妙的融合,替我清一色極簡木調的小公寓增添一點溫柔的色澤。正好如同 Toast Living 這次的設計理念,The SCENE 玻璃茶瓶會成為我們桌上最迷人的景色。

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All about the little things

This is my third collaboration with Toast Living, and yet they never cease to surprise me with their thoughtful design. Their products allows me to add more life to my home and setting. For some, spending so much time on ordinary stuff may sound silly, but to me all these little stuff adds up to a bigger picture - it's a life that you know you'll love living. Your very own scene.

越是日常的用品,越是該精挑細選 ⏤ 幾年前與 Toast Living 第一次接觸,這是他們給我的第一印象。現代人時常因為長時間專注於事業與學業等大目標,時常忘了一些生活上的小細節。或許是忘了,或許是覺得不用在意,就像我一開始費盡心思在找適合的水瓶的時候,身邊就有人出聲表示不過是個水壺何必那麼執著,買那麼好天天用還不是一下就要換。欸不對啊,就是因為知道會天天用,才要挑好的,因為好的質感設計可是能夠陪你好一陣子呢。

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As I am getting into my later 20s, the idea of  'the ideal lifestyle' is becoming a lot more apparent. I'm not talking about living in the biggest houses, cars, shoes, limited edition bags, and makeup etc..I mean to some that's their goal, and it's okay, but not everyone wants the same thing. To me, the ideal lifestyle is about how you feel, it's to be genuinely happy when you come home. To be grateful when you  look around and saw all the little things you've done to make this place a little cozier and enjoyable for yourself. This is what I want. And these Toast Living Tea Bottles are definitely part of it. x

後記:「花時間自我投資,把費盡心思討好別人的心態用在自己身上。」是我一直以來生活小宗旨。給自己多些照顧,多些用心,這不是自私,反而是對所有愛你、喜歡你的人的一種體貼。畢竟一個人生活舒暢了、心態好了,整個人散發出來的氛圍也會不同,帶個別人的影響也會更溫暖正面。當然,此刻的我們,或許(還)沒能替自己做大規模的投資,但在日常的瑣碎上花點巧思也是種方式,因為有誰的質感生活不是這樣一步一腳印搭建起來的呢?好比這些玻璃茶瓶,實用又賞心悅目,喝起茶來真的更享受了(笑)

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ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON?

Are any of you a morning person? I haven't been for a while. There was this semester in Uni that I go to bed around 11 pm every night, and wake up and hit the gym around 7. I still don't know how I did it, but I do remember how good it felt to have that extra few hours before class. So, one of my 2018 resolutions is to become a morning person again. I challenged myself for the past 2 weeks to wake up before 10 am in the morning and to not work my ass off all the way till 5 am at night. I did some research for tips, and here are the ones I experimented. Keep scrolling!

你們是早起之人嗎?老實說,我完全不是。大學曾經有個學期,我幾乎天天十二點以前上床睡覺,然後七點出門運動。這曇花一現的健康時光,回想起來實在難以相信,也不知道到底是如何辦到的(笑)唯一有印象是這習慣帶來的正面能量,精神體力都極好,做起事來也頗有效率。或著是現階段工作型態的關係,不像大部分人有固定時間與行程,早的時候很早,當然寫稿寫到隔天天亮也是常有的事。所以呢,今年我給自己唯一的「新年新希望」就是能養成更有規律的生活作息。上網搜尋了些方法,給自己兩週挑戰,記錄了些心得,一起來看看吧。

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1. Turn off the phone, light up a candle & read

When I was reading articles about waking up early, one of the most mentioned tips is to have a digital detox an hour before your actual bedtime. So I turned off my phone and laptop, committing an entire hour to quietness. With social media playing such a big part of our work & personal life, keeping my hands off Instagram was harder than I expected. For that hour, I decided to do a bit reading. I’m currently finishing Her Again, a fascinating series of stories about Meryl Streep! The book provides insights on how she became the inspiring and powerful woman she is now.

在所有關於早起的文章中,都會提到睡前一小時盡量不要用任何電子產品。這對現代人來說,的確有難度。我自己也是重度手機使用者之一,不管是在工作還是私人生活,它都佔了很大一部分。為了更有效率的執行,這十多天爬上床鋪前,我都直接將收訊功能調至飛航模式,接著把電腦收進明天的包包裡。窩進被單,點了蠟燭,好好看本書。

最近在讀的「永遠的最佳女主角」是在說梅莉史翠普的故事;不過,作者著墨的重點不是在於她的巨星身份,而是探討幾十年前的年輕女子如何在眾目睽睽下,歷經一次次的失敗與挑戰找出定位、自我認同並勇於發聲。推薦給大家。

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→ Current favourite reading companion: Miller Harris    

I love lighting up candles during my reading time. I've been a Miller Harris perfume fan for years (And I love their shop in Covent Garden!). However, I only discovered their scented candle when Samantha Cameron had chosen the East London brand as her gift to Michele Obama. The founder, Lyn Harris, is famous for keeping it's materials in their most natural scent, keeping their delicacy. Respecting tradition and pushing boundaries at the same time. 

閱讀時光怎麼能少了香氛呢?我很喜歡收集香氛蠟燭,如果是早期的讀者應該很常聽我講(笑)。最近的新歡是來自東倫敦的 Miller Harris,是他們香水的愛好者有段時間了,但一直到前些年英國首相將品牌的贈送給歐巴馬夫婦才發現原來他們也有在經營這蠟燭一塊。創辦人 Lyn Harris,有著約十五年的經驗,以大自然為靈感,四處收集珍貴的花草植物,以細膩的技巧與工藝,在不改變材料本身的調性與味道的前提下,孕育出適合不同人、事與季節的香氛。這樣的手法,是對大自然最有誠意的詮釋。

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My Scent for the Night: Rêve De Verger 屬於太陽下山後的時光,薄暮甜梨。

I like something sweet & calming like the Rêve De Verger for my night candles. With the scent of pear orchard, it instantly provides a warm feeling to the atmosphere. I also love its subtle woody notes that comes from Agastache and cedar, making the entire scent slightly more muscular. Just as the website indicates, its the smell of a beautiful sun-setting evening, with a bonfire!  

晚上的時候,我偏好帶有點甜味的香氛。如同此款黃色瓶身的薄暮甜梨蠟燭,那恰恰好的梨香與菊香特別有撫慰作用。後調的白松,替整體增添了些溫暖的木質氣息,腦海不禁浮現了營火的畫面;將果香、花香與木香拿捏得令人著迷。如同閱讀一樣,是款能靜下人心的香氛蠟燭,在這樣的冬天夜晚,極其合適。

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2. Get ready the night before

The best thing about being a morning person is to have some quality time before you start the day. And I decided to push in a little extra by planning my outfit the night before so that I don't spend so much time wondering which knit to go for and ended up still rushing out the door (I'm sure you can relate!). It gave me a considerable amount of time to have breakfast, read more AND got to work earlier. 

在我看來,早起最大的好處,就是讓我們再開始一整天的忙碌行程前,多了點與自己相處的時光。有人會運動、看報紙或是為自己準備一份豐富的早餐。但,我又再更貪心一點,想把這時間拉更長,所以在前晚睡前都會把隔天要穿的衣服、鞋子甚至是包包的預備好。畢竟,已經有太多次明明很早起,卻因為在想要穿什麼衣服上花了太多時間,導致依舊匆匆忙忙的出門。這週下來,不只時間上更充裕,我還能比預計抵達工作地點的時刻早更多,好有成就感!

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3. Have a morning routine to look forward to.

Here comes my favourite part of this challenge. Having an extra hour or two to do anything I want. Recently, I've been loving this routine that I drink yoghurt, read the newand break down my schedule on my daily planner. Not only I get to receive info, but it also gives me a heads up on how my day would look like. I always feel soooo productive and motivated if I get to finish this entire routine, and it is that good feeling that prevents the snoozing! 

以前,起床的時間總是剛剛好,洗好澡換了衣服,就得三步併成兩步趕快出門。不過這兩週試著更早起後,便得以放慢步調。好好讀報紙,是我一直以想做卻很少實現的事,而自從在週刊編輯開始撰稿後,這份慾望也就更強烈。於是,在這充裕的兩小時,變成了我用來吸收資訊的時光,一邊喝最近很喜歡的優格、仔細咀嚼不同專欄裡的文字,那感受遠超過手機裡的新聞APP。接著,會花五到十分鐘把一整天的行程分成一個個時段寫下來,在腦海裡跑一遍,心也跟著踏實。這兩項看似平凡的靜態活動,卻足以讓我充足電,更有動力迎接接下來的挑戰,而正是這樣的好心情,讓我忘記賴床這件事呢!

The Morning Scent:Cassie en Feuille

Surprise, surprise...I light up another candle when I'm sitting in front of the desk enjoying my morning routine! Cassie en Feuille is my go-to scent candle for the morning, it comes with a refreshing smell, which I personally think is perfect for daytime. The bursting smell of leaves & vines, as if you're sitting in the middle of a garden; topped with a slight sweetness of blackcurrant, bringing the warmness of nature into your room.

If Rêve de Verger is meant to calm your mind, then this one is here to boost your mood, giving you just enough energy to kick start the day. Recommending this to anyone who loves leafy green scents! 

白天都點什麼樣的香氛蠟燭呢?Miller Harris 的 綠意花徑,如其名,點燃後彷彿自己正盤腿坐在草葉翠綠中。味道很清新、清爽,與水果味偏重的前一款截然不同。當然,這也不是大家腦腦海既定、刻板的綠意盎然,前調中的佛手柑和黑醋栗帶出了很細微的甜,十分平衡。若說,夜晚的薄暮甜梨會讓人的身心靈達到放鬆,做好休息的準備;那麼,有著沈著藍色外觀的綠意花徑就是屬於即將出門奮鬥的早晨。

當然,不只味道令人印象深刻,Miller Harris 在整體的設計上也同樣令人難忘。飽和的色澤與霧面的材質,一擺出來就知道不一樣。它,不只是香氛蠟燭,還是一款很令人傾心的家飾。關於這點,我可是在一拆開盒子就著實感到讚嘆,太美!果然,產品的外觀是我最大的弱點(笑)

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There you go, my tips on becoming a morning person! I've only been doing this for the past two weeks, and though so far it works pretty well, I'm still adapting this brand new lifestyle. Do you guys wake up early? Share your tips and routine below! I'd love to know x  

好的,這就是我歷經兩週早起挑戰後的心得!也期許自己能繼續執行下去,如果成功了,再去入手一款香氛蠟燭犒賞自己吧(遮臉)你們有什麼可以讓自己保持早起習慣的方法嗎?還是大家如果可以的話,也都會一不小心睡到中午?在留言處一塊兒分享吧!

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